Although the Tracer is a bit longer than the Carbine, it is lower (BB height). Also, the medium Tracer and the medium Carbine are slightly different in size, when looking at the seat tube length. The top tube length and chainstay length are similar, however. One main problem we had with the Tracer 275 was the lack of tire clearance on the rear. The cross brace on the upper swingarm makes for a very tight fit. We do have a a very early frame model and Intense said production models will have more rear tire clearance.
With a real world weight of 30.97, the Intense Tracer 275 falls in the middle of the two other aluminum models in our comparison.
For parts, we were not crazy about the heavy Novatec wheels nor the 3×10 drivetrain. But let’s not dwell on that since Intense said they’re build it any way you want. And we do think many buyers of this bike will go for a frame/fork combo and build up their dream spec.
What we can really dwell on though is the internal cable routing for the Rockshox Reverb dropper post. This is the best post in the market right now and the cable routing makes that pesky cable hidden and non-moving. It not only adds to the aesthetics of the bike but also to the trail useability of the dropper post.
Our test bike was a prototype and the rear tire clearance was prototype tight as it barely allowed a 2.35″ Kenda Nevegal. We are pleased to announce that we just got the photos and measurements of the tire clearance of the production bike and it looks dialed. With a 2.35″ Nevegal at 40 psi, there looks to be .5 inch of tire clearance.
The Intense Tracer 275 comes in 3 sizes (SM, MD, LG) and 4 stock colors for 2013 (Flo-Green, Black Chrome, Works Raw and Intense Red). It also comes in a wide variety of custom colors (another advantage of being a ‘small’ and agile company). The frame costs $2269 and the complete bike with mostly XT build is about $5049.
- Super stiff and agile
- VPP design climbs great
- Nice internal cable routing for the Reverb Stealth dropper post
- Made in the USA
- A confident descender that will make you smile
- Measured wheelbase is a bit long at 45.4 inches
It’s really pretty hard to fault the Intense 275 as they’ve hit a home run with this first effort. It descends and climbs incredibly well. It corners well and soars through the air with confidence. The head angle, bb height and wheelsize are just right for an all mountain bike that is designed to make you look good and ride well. The only problem if you get this bike is, it’s all on you now since you can’t blame the Intense 275 for any lack of ability.
For more information: www.intensecycles.com